Rudy Huyn releases third-party Tinder app for Windows Phone; why hasn't Microsoft hired him?

Last year, Microsoft named Rudy Huyn the official "Next App Star" for his Wikipedia app, but the company probably didn't know how prophetic that title would be. Huyn has added to his legacy as the top third-party developer of Microsoft's smartphone platform, releasing the 6tindr app on Wednesday.

As its name implies, 6tindr is an unofficial version of the popular Tinder dating app, which is currently only available on iOS and Android. As 6tindr's app description states, Tinder "shows you someone nearby it thinks you should know, and lets you anonymously like or pass on them." If both users like each other, the 6tindr will allow them to chat within the app, as with the official versions. Both 6tindr and Tinder require a Facebook account.

Huyn's new app joins his stable of apps he's created when the official developers have declined to do so. In addition to the Wikipedia app, Huyn has released third-party apps for Vine (6sec), Instagram (6tag), Snapchat (6snap) and 9Gag. Huyn has also created several original Windows Phone apps.

Official apps for Vine and Instagram were released well after Huyn's third-party versions came out. Huyn's apps have maintained better user ratings, however, and even include features not available on the official apps. Unlike the official Instagram app, for instance, 6tag users can create collages and sign in with multiple accounts.

Microsoft has lured many big-name developers with up to $600,000 to bring their apps to Windows Phone, yet Huyn is releasing versions better than their official counterparts for free. Maybe you should redirect those investments, Microsoft.

Download: 6tindr (Windows Phone Store) | Image via Rudy Huyn

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I like his development and appreciate what he does for windows phone. I am just missing him making more use of what Metro is and how to make it fit in the system. basically what I mean is the design side of his apps. functionality is more than awesome

Microsoft do seam to do the wrong thing as a matter of business practice. They really seem to **** thing up lately. Hope its not there new plan. Can just see the meetings, "Lets do that and really **** it up, that will be proof of how stupid we are."

Wrong logic..

why would Microsoft hire independent developer , do you think twitter / instagram would let Microsoft publish their apps to the app store as Microsoft. Plus if Microsoft hires him he would get less salary of what he is making with app purchases. Key to ecosystem is to have independent developers develop, as a company you just support and assist them as best way you can!!

What is Tinder? A dating app I'm guessing? Never heard of it before. You Windows Phone users better hope he doesn't get hired by MS!

clearly if they hired them, he'd be an MS employee and his work would be seen as that of Microsoft meaning companies that are anti-choice and love to punish their users for deviating from their standard path, such as google, would send MSFT a cease and desist notice (such as google did) and demand the app be pulled down and replaced with an app built in HTML5 (such as google did) which will be inferior and therefore push people towards the standard path (anti-choice) (such as google did).

off course, most companies aren't as hypocritical as google, which hides behind the word "open" only as far as it applies to their own agenda, which is essentially anti-choice anti-user. but nothing would prevent tinder from simply doing the same.

this is actually not a rare thing to do sadly, and we've seen companies demand MSFT pull down the MSFT made apps which are wrappers around the very mobile site the companies showcase even if it only benefits them and they have no plans for an app, and it doesn't cost them anything to develop one.

so like most users who have a problem with anti-choice companies, I just don't do business with them or use any of their platform locking services. (I'm looking at you google). in particular if the said company essentially goes after apps being developed at no cost to it, to promote the service, and has no interest in ever developing one themselves (such as...well you know who...who else but google).

I doubt he would be allowed to develop third-party apps anymore if he did get hired by them due to the legal obligations. They have to specifically get permission from each company to create those apps (they'll run into headaches like Google caused them with their flawless in-house built YouTube app). It's more beneficial to MS that they don't hire him, at least for now.

How do you know they haven't tried? Just because someone offers you a job doesn't mean you have to take it. He could be happier doing his own thing at his own pace as he wants when he wants.

true. and besides clearly he can work anywhere he wants and I much rather have him doing this than coding some start menu nobody cares for at MSFT

neonspark said,
I much rather have him doing this than coding some start menu nobody cares for at MSFT
Lol! You just couldn't resist, could you?

Seems to me that it would actually be better if MS didn't hire him. I imagine MS would face some legal headaches if they started releasing third party apps themselves. They'd also burn a few bridges from angry devs that perceived it as undercutting them.

Yep. They don't want to hire him if they want these apps to continue. Maybe throwing some money his way would work though. He sure is good at filling the gaps with great apps.

nowimnothing said,
Yep. They don't want to hire him if they want these apps to continue. Maybe throwing some money his way would work though. He sure is good at filling the gaps with great apps.

They need to watch out though, that could make him a contractor. but i'm sure the legal minds at Redmond could find a way to pay him buy buying his poetry or something.

unveiling 6tindr, a Tender app that is now available in the Windows Phone Store.

^-- I think you meant a Tinder app, not a Tender one

I'm pretty sure I remember a tweet of his saying he's working on something from MS 3 or so months ago? I'm willing to bet they're paying him as a contractor to code all these unofficial apps for them.

Unfortunately its all about the name to some. "Journalists" at the verge were still using the lack of instagram as a stick to beat windows phone with despite the fantastic work Rudy had done with 6tag. Personally, I just hope he keeps up the good work.

If Microsoft hired him, I think these companies would get upset if there was a Microsoft branded version of their apps without approval. Just look at what happened with Microsoft's Youtube app.

Enron said,
If Microsoft hired him, I think these companies would get upset if there was a Microsoft branded version of their apps without approval. Just look at what happened with Microsoft's Youtube app.

Agree, and with MS in the picture even if the companies don't have official apps they'll likely still demand a huge fee just for giving their permission. Also, while these companies might be tolerating unofficial apps even after they've released official ones, is there any guarantee they won't pull the plug one fine day as has happened with apps before?

I think Rudy has done phenomenal work (I've purchased several of his software), but he'd get bogged down and frustrated with the bureaucracy at Microsoft, but I could see contracting with him to make unofficial versions or even making unique apps for the MS ecosystem which it badly needs.

Drewidian said,
I think Rudy has done phenomenal work (I've purchased several of his software), but he'd get bogged down and frustrated with the bureaucracy at Microsoft, but I could see contracting with him to make unofficial versions or even making unique apps for the MS ecosystem which it badly needs.

I feel like the wages + benefits he'd get to just continue doing what he's already doing would make up for some of it

Agreed. Even if Microsoft's bureaucracy doesn't kill him, things will be complicated once his apps start getting stamped Developed By "Microsoft Corp".